Real Bed

First night in a big girl bed!

But she looks so little in it!

Lali is beaming at the camera while daddy tucks her in. :)

My little girl is sleeping in a real bed tonight with a pillow and sheets!  *sniff*   Her first real bed! And she is completely dwarfed by it!  :)

We had to take out the box spring to make it  low enough to the ground to be safe, but this  hilariously meant that every time Charley or I sat on the edge of  her bed we  created a  small sinkhole that Lali would  slowly be pulled into. :)

We also had to leave off her Dennis-Brown bar (that connects her AFOs) since I didn’t want her to attempt to scoot off the bed in the morning and get stuck.   In my head she sleeps all night tonight like a good girl, and then instead of yelling her usual, “I’m awake! Come get me!” in the morning, she instead decides it would be more fun to scoot off her bed and go to her bookshelf and let her parents sleep in!

But if at midnight I have to pull that child out of her closet then she’ll be  in so much  trouble!   :)

Laelia  is a big girl now. *sniff* And she needs a big girl bed. *sniff sniff* The crib would have lasted many more years (in fact I could probably  fit a teenager into that thing and don’t tempt me!), but I wanted her to feel a sense of independence and growing up. She hit some major accomplishments this last  year that has allowed us to even consider a big girl bed: successfully sliding off the couch, scooting around  on her bottom and  sitting up from a  lying down position all by herself.

And  it’s not like we had to go out and buy a bed; we had one already–Mama just had to  put  her in it!

*sob*  My baby!  *sob*  :)

Part of the reason I put it off for so long was  due to  my  loathing for  all things “growing up”: from normal things like potty-training or  (the pressure to start) walking  to emotionally-crazy things like  becoming one year closer to leaving Mommy. :)   The other part    of the problem was that I wanted to be there when she woke up for the first time in her new  bed.  With our staggered schedule, I leave for work before the sun rises, let alone the child,  while Charley is there for Lali in the mornings yet gets home really late.  So  the switch had to take place on a weekend.

*Side note:  Once school starts at the end of the month, we’ll have more time all together  as a family!

Tonight I asked her if she wanted to sleep in a real bed. She responded enthusiastically, but that was probably because she thought this new arrangement would somehow put off her bedtime–as any last minute,  evening plan does. But she went down without a fuss and grinned for the camera as I documented the moment.

Now if only I could use this gift of big girl bedtime accoutrements in exchange for bribing her into staying two years old forever… hmmm…

3 Responses to “Real Bed”

  1. Lauren B says:

    AWWW! First Big Girl bed! How exciting!

  2. Anonymous says:

    She looks so cute, and that bed looks so huge!

  3. Melissa Rowe says:

    Aw :) This is a great time for a first bed. I can’t believe how fast she’s growing up.

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